Illegal settlers to be removed

9 May 2011 12:32 pm - 14     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The Coast Conservation Department is to clear all the illegal settlements on the Unawatuna coastal belt within the next two weeks.

The department said that these steps have been taken after a prolonged study on the pollution and widespread sand erosion taking place in the Unawatuna coastal strip.

These illegal settlements have a direct impact on these factors. As a counter measure, the authorities have decided to pump sand from the sea bed to resort the coastal belt.

The police are also assisting the Coastal Department to clear the illegal settlements in the coastal belt. (Supun Dias)

  Comments - 14

  • Ruwan Monday, 09 May 2011 03:53 PM

    CCD please clear illegal settlements in Tangalle area also.

    Tangalle beach has become criminals paradise ..

    Tourism is threatened . And tourists are also threatened.

    CCD better late than never .

    Mushi Monday, 09 May 2011 03:45 PM

    I had been this to this beach few months ago. There are not only illegal structures but also some illegal people collecting high car parking charges from local and foreign tourists. Authorities should pay attention to this too.

    freehit Monday, 09 May 2011 05:02 PM

    Easily said than done, because some of the illegal settlers are big shots !

    hewwel Tuesday, 10 May 2011 09:01 AM

    yuri yes they dont speak the local language but they understand it ....

    Chandana Tuesday, 10 May 2011 12:57 AM

    Good pick up..
    "Sand Erosion" should it be...i guess..
    Over to you DM..

    ICC Tuesday, 10 May 2011 02:47 AM


    andrewdh Tuesday, 10 May 2011 02:55 AM

    Its a Very Good Move and love to see the beach from Kollupitiya to Moratuwa Costal Line Cleaned as well, as illegal settlers and nefarious activities do happen at nights and the Public with the Kids and the Tourist are pested and it is not safe to spend time during the weekends in our beautiful Beach. We should take examples of the beaches in Australia, US and other Countries.
    Good Move, save the Beach.
    CCD better late than never .

    Seneviratne Tuesday, 10 May 2011 03:07 AM

    Excellent I dont why they are allowed to squat in the 1st place. I thought after the Tsunami people were removed. Also the Galle Road down South is so ugly with shanties and broken homes lining the road ...Its such a pity we block the beautiful sea view.

    Sanath R Tuesday, 10 May 2011 04:10 AM

    Not only in Unawatuna, illegal settlements and structures should be removed from everywhere they exists.

    Yuri Tuesday, 10 May 2011 06:39 AM

    In the north east there are 70 Thousand with Uniform are illegal. will they move. they dont even speak local languge .

    Shiromi Monday, 09 May 2011 01:38 PM

    Good move

    sam Monday, 09 May 2011 02:01 PM

    Good move, save the beach

    S. Aran Johnny Monday, 09 May 2011 02:14 PM

    Looks like there are lots of foreign investors waiting to take up space on Unawatuna beach.

    And, what is "sand corrosion"?

    R.Srilal Perera Monday, 09 May 2011 02:01 PM

    Pumping sand from the sea bed is not a very good idea . It will disturb the huge macro environment that lives just below the sea bed . Let nature handle the coast line .
    Its a good idea to remove the illegal and unplanned settlements but please see that some of them are absorbed into the management plan as they too are part of the coastal environment .
    R. Srilal Perera

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